Thinking of the city rarely calls images of fog-ringed mountains and wolf-filled forests to mind, but Discover Outdoors?formerly known as Outdoor Bound?turns these scenes into reality. Owner, avid outdoorsman, and eight-time marathon runner Kirk Reynolds makes sure of it. He and a staff of experts?each a licensed trail guide and Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT?temper the stress of city living with day trips to nearby natural enclaves and weekend camping excursions. The getaways thrill with activities such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and horseback riding.
International trips, meanwhile, quench a thirst for life-defining adventures beyond trips to the grocery store during peak Saturday hours. Among them: hikes up famed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, treks to Machu Picchu in Peru, and jaunts through the Canadian Rockies. Some of the journeys even grant travelers the opportunity to fundraise for a worthy cause as they explore.
Owners Howard Abraham and Teddy Glytsea are no strangers to inflatable fun. Not only does the duo also own Inflatable Party Adventures, but one or both can be found at Screamin? Parties at any time, ensuring each attraction's optimum springiness and impeccable cleanliness.As sock-covered feet trample about inside several bounce houses, young ones cut a rug on an interactive game floor and relive Jacques Cousteau?s worst day ever by gliding through a 20-foot inflatable shark slide. Screamin' Parties' newest attraction, the Screamin' Party Machine, is a state-of-the-art simulator that recreates the thrilling turns and drops of real roller coasters. An obstacle course beckons excitable tots to zoom through its cushiony labyrinth, and oversized piano keys stretch across the floor to invite rousing performances by stomping feet. Trained staffers keep a close eye on every colorful attraction, offering careful attention for those with special needs, and spend the end of each day wiping down and sanitizing every surface.
The New Jersey Children's Museum immerses its visitors in more than 30 interactive exhibits that encourage hands-on exploration and learning, a philosophy that helped the facility secure a place within (201) Magazine's Best of Bergen 2011 series. Adventure intertwines with education within the dinosaur cave, where kids can make cave drawings or dig up fossils of prehistoric sports mascots. Heads turn as flashing lights and the warning cries of an approaching locomotive fill the air at the giant train set, and news stories break at the television studio. In addition to its many curiosity-inducing zones, the award-winning facility also hosts birthday parties with themes such as fire trucks, princesses, and dinosaurs.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
LA Boxing offers fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-Earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists can burn from 800 to more than 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration and jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Gloves are provided during the month-long trial membership, as are a set of reusable pro-quality hand wraps and complimentary motivational mumbling from Mickey Goldmill (all three subject to availability).
Exorbitant greens fees, travel expenses, and membership costs make playing such world-renowned courses as Pebble Beach Golf Links, TPC at Sawgrass, and the Old Course at St. Andrews nearly impossible for most golfers. While The Players Club can’t finance lavish golf trips or sneak players into exclusive clubhouses in camouflaged Members Only jackets, it can provide the next-best thing.
Inside the club’s 8,000-square-foot facility, six golf simulators immerse players in highly realistic, 3-D renditions of nearly 50 famous courses, including the aforementioned courses as well as The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, The Preserve at Bay Harbor, and Donald Ross Memorial. As golfers swing through their virtual rounds, each simulator takes precise ball-flight measurements—such as distance and spin rate—and provides feedback in real time to abet improvement.